National Yoga Olympiad Begins in New Delhi

Narendra Modi participates in the mass yoga demonstration at the Ramabai Ambedkar Maidan, on the occasion of the 3rd International Day of Yoga - 2017, in Lucknow on June 21, 2017
Narendra Modi participates in the mass yoga demonstration at the Ramabai Ambedkar Maidan, on the occasion of the 3rd International Day of Yoga – 2017, in Lucknow on June 21, 2017

A 3-day National Yoga Olympiad was inaugurated at the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) in New Delhi on Monday by Mr. Eric Falt, Director and UNESCO Representative of the New Delhi Cluster Office for India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, the Maldives, and Sri Lanka.

This is the third consecutive year of National Yoga Olympiad of NCERT and this year about 500 students are participating in the Olympiad.

In his welcome address, Professor Hrushikesh Senapaty, Director, NCERT brought to the attention that the Olympiad creates awareness about a scientific and holistic way of living and the purpose is to create positive attitude among all human beings and promote peaceful living in the society.

He quoted Prime Minister Narender Modi, “It is our responsibility to ensure that right spirit of yoga is conveyed to everyone.”

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It is in this backdrop that the Olympiad is organized to create a sense of unity and understanding among children, who have traveled from different parts of the country – both from rural and urban areas.

Professor Saroj Yadav Dean, NCERT narrating the journey of Yoga Olympiad highlighted the importance of yoga in the development of physical, mental and spiritual health.

She elaborated about the objectives, target group, yogic practices included and the criteria for judging. She stressed that Yoga Olympiad is an instrument to generate awareness about yoga among children and building team spirit and confidence.

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